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When You Live Inside a Pumpkin (flash fiction)

October 18, 2012

When you live inside a pumpkin, the sudden arrival of a knife’s point comes as a complete shock—which quickly turns into fear as the point and blade come at you in a stabbing assault, so you huddle as close as possible to the interior wall until the knife goes away, the lid’s removed, and the sudden arrival of sunlight blinds my large eyes, penetrating my thin eyelids. Then the spoon plummets into the cavity, scoops out the pumpkin’s guts and seeds, only to be replaced by the knife continuing its attack, from the side this time, creating windows that allow more light to rush in and expose me even more—but thankfully not enough for the owner of the hand that’s bringing shock and awe down upon my formerly dark home to notice me. Once the knife leaves and does not come back for quite a while, my heart finally calms, and I get to see the world outside: the sky and trees and cars and people walking dogs. Then, in the evening, there’s even candlelight I can read by. It’s been stressful, but all in all a nice change.


Dave Williams

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 18, 2012 11:44 am

    What a brilliant creations…this is just delightful and fun to read.

  2. December 12, 2012 8:08 am

    a cat clawing at a cornered rat’s cage, you got a better ending though

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